Jon Franklin

For the sports marketing executive, see Jon J. Franklin.

Jon Daniel Franklin (born January 13, 1943) is an American writer. He was born in Enid, Oklahoma.[1] He won the inaugural Pulitzer Prizes in two journalism categories both for his work as a science writer with the Baltimore Evening Sun.[2] Franklin holds a B.S. in journalism from the University of Maryland.[3] He is currently professor emeritus of journalism at his alma mater; previously, Franklin taught creative writing at the University of Oregon and was the head of the technical journalism department at Oregon State University.[4] He received honorary degrees from the University of Maryland in 1981 and Notre Dame de Namur University in 1982.[2]

The Canadian television film Shocktrauma is based on the book Franklin co-wrote with Alan Doelp.

Working for The Baltimore Sun, Franklin won the first Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 1979, for covering a brain surgery,[5] and won the first Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism in 1985, for a series about molecular psychiatry, "The Mind Fixers".[6]



  1. Cusick, Daniel "Jon Franklin's Reality Story", College Park Magazine,
  2. 1 2 Brennan, Elizabeth A. and Clarage, Elizabeth C., "Jon Daniel Franklin" Who's who of Pulitzer Prize winners, 1999, pg 196.
  3. "Jon Franklin, Professor Emeritus", Phillip Merrill College of Journalism, The University of Maryland
  4. Jon Franklin, Science Writing Workshop, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  5. "Feature Writing". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2013-10-26.
  6. "Explanatory Journalism". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2013-10-26.

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